October is Eczema Awareness Month: How to Get Involved

Each October, Eczema Awareness Month offers events, discussions and opportunities to spread information about one of the most common skin conditions.

More than 31 million people in the United States live with eczema, including 9.6 million children under the age of 18.

Despite its prevalence, eczema often hides in the shadows and is sometimes considered a minor skin problem in children that you will overcome. Eczema Awareness Month aims to dispel these and other myths about this condition.

You can develop eczema at any age, and not everyone outgrows it. More than just a patch of dry, itchy skin, it can have a profound impact on your life. Complications of eczema can include:

  • itching and pain
  • bacterial, viral, and fungal infections
  • sleep problems

Eczema has also been associated with a higher risk of other health problemssuch as asthma, food allergies and allergic rhinitis (hay fever).

Several treatments can help relieve the symptoms of eczema and potentially delay or prevent related terms.

With Eczema Awareness Month fast approaching, now is a great time to start dispelling some misconceptions and planning ways to get more involved. Here’s how you can participate.

A good way to grab someone’s attention is to use a visual. Hang a poster in a public space (like a community bulletin board) or share images on social media.

You can create your own Eczema Awareness Month graphics or choose from these galleries:

Keep an eye out for new images and updates for this year.

Your social media profile picture takes center stage in all of your online interactions. It’s prime real estate to raise awareness of important issues, such as eczema, and get plenty of views.

In October, consider changing your photo to a ribbon (like these eczema awareness ribbons from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America) or adding an awareness frame to your photo.

Take advantage of Facebook’s temporary profile feature so you can select a specific time period, after which your photo will revert to the previous one.

Hashtags can be a powerful way to share messages about Eczema Awareness Month and grow the conversation. You can create your own or find one that is already successful.

Eczema organizations can update the hashtags they use to fit a certain theme each year. Here are some popular eczema-related hashtags that have been used:

  • #atopic dermatitis
  • #eczema
  • #eczemaawarenessmonth
  • #eczemamonth
  • #eczemawarrior
  • #therealeczema
  • #thisismyeczema
  • #unhideeczema

Do you know a teenager who lives with eczema? If they are comfortable talking about it, social media can help them stand up for themselves and feel part of a community. Encourage them to participate in age-appropriate online discussions.

Confused about how to start a conversation during National Eczema Awareness Month? The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America brings you ready-to-use eczema tweets. For instance:

With just a few clicks, you can share this and other ready-made tweets with your followers in October.

You can also search the hashtags listed above and retweet relevant posts. For more inspiration, follow and retweet posts from high profile accounts such as:

Of course, you can tweet your own about eczema facts and stats or share your own personal experiences, such as ways to relieve eczema itch or how you found an effective treatment.

Eczema-focused nonprofits and charities rely on donations to fund their work. Here are some potential organizations to donate to during Eczema Awareness Month:

  • American Asthma and Allergy Foundation: Donations to this non-profit organization are used to fund education, advocacy, and research on asthma and allergies, including eczema. Learn more about how to donate or call 1-800-727-8462.
  • International Eczema Council: This global non-profit organization is headquartered in the United States. It promotes research, education and care for people with eczema. Learn more about how to donate. You can also email [email protected] or call 1-888-382-3724.
  • National Eczema Association: Donations to this non-profit organization are used to provide eczema support, education, research, and awareness across the United States. Learn more about ways to donate or call 1-800-818-7546.

It’s also worth checking to see if your employer offers a matching gift program. If so, your chosen eczema nonprofit could receive double or even triple the amount of your donation.

Whether it’s through an eczema organization’s annual fundraiser or hosting your own event, participating in a charity walk is a popular way to raise money and share information during the Eczema Awareness Month. The following organizations can provide more information on how to fundraise through a walk:

If you’re a parent or carer of a child with eczema, this is a great way to get the whole family involved. Teenagers can also play a bigger role in these events, helping to find sponsors or even serving as team captains.

Facts and statistics are important for raising awareness, but personal stories about eczema can really hit the mark. If you’re comfortable sharing, your story can make all the difference to someone who thought they had itchy rashes, dry patches, and breakouts.

Your stories can also help shed light on the many ways eczema can affect a person’s life.

Here are some ideas for telling your eczema story:

  • Share snippets on Twitter using hashtags like #eczemawarrior, #therealeczema, and #thisismyeczema.
  • Upload a video to your social media pages, blog or website explaining how you found out you had eczema and the approaches you took to managing it.
  • Become an ambassador for the National Eczema Association. Get involved in community outreach, advocacy and research.
  • Upload and share your story with AltogetherEczema, a global eczema and atopic dermatitis community.

Sharing your story can be an uplifting way to get involved in Eczema Awareness Month. But keep in mind that you are never obligated to share more than you feel comfortable with. Sometimes it’s enough to read other people’s eczema stories.

Eczema Awareness Month can be a great time to tap into the eczema community through a support group. There’s just something about connecting with others who “get it.” Support groups can help you feel less alone, and before you know it, you’re also helping others.

You can choose to join an eczema support group that meets in person, online, or both. You may need to try a few groups before you find one that clicks. Here are some places to start your search:

  • Eczema Exchange Forums on Inspire connect people with eczema, along with their caregivers, families and friends, for support and inspiration. There are many community topics, including discussions specifically for teens.
  • Eczema Parents on Facebook is a private group with over 10,000 members. The group serves as a forum for parents and carers of children with eczema to share advice and information.
  • Find a local support group through the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. The organization has eczema support groups across the country, each with a medical advisor. If there is no group near you, the organization can help you create one.

October is Eczema Awareness Month. There’s a lot you can do to educate, encourage and support the millions of people who live with this often misunderstood skin condition throughout the annual event. You can get involved by:

  • share eczema awareness images
  • update your profile picture with an eczema awareness ribbon or frame
  • share quick tweets and use eczema hashtags
  • donate to a non-profit organization focused on eczema
  • organize or participate in a charity walk
  • tell your story
  • join a support group

Keep an eye on these websites for updates on this year’s Eczema Awareness Month:

Even though Eczema Awareness Month only lasts until the end of October, you can continue to raise awareness and share information about the condition of the skin at any time. These tips are a starting point that you can build on throughout the year.